(May 6, 2016) Officially known as the “Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard”, EMILY is “a remote-controlled buoy recently used to rescue nearly 300 Syrian migrants from drowning off the Greek island of Lesbos, Office of Naval Research (ONR) officials announced May 5,” reported Navy.mil.
Navy.mil stated EMILY is “capable of punching through 30-foot waves or smashing into rocks and reefs”, and rockets propel it to the scene of disaster.
“Created with support from ONR, several EMILY devices [were] publicly displayed during the 2016 Naval Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Expo and Sea-Air-Space Exposition […] in National Harbor, Maryland,” reported Navy.mil.
Navy.mil added, “EMILY is the successful culmination of a collaboration between inventor Tony Mulligan, ONR, and the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. SBIR provides the Navy with innovative advances in technology created by small firms, while STTR transitions products developed by both small businesses and research institutions to the Navy and Marine Corps.”
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